When I open 'Get Info' copy my icon over the default and it applies it but it never shows it. It only shows the default PNG icon (with the pictures and the camera).

Does anybody faced the problem before? I can't figure out any solution to change the file icon.

Thanks for looking.


You have to paste the contents of the image instead of the file. For example open the image in Preview, press ⌘A and ⌘C, open an information window for the target file in Finder, click the image well in the top left corner, and press ⌘V.


You must be copying a PNG file.

Note that Mac OS X uses icns files as icons. So, first convert your PNG to ICNS and then repeat the steps you did before.

  • 2
    Can you expand your answer to explain how to accomplish that? – fixer1234 Jul 19 '15 at 19:32
  • You can use a free Mac Application called Image2icon to accomplish the above. itunes.apple.com/us/app/image2icon-make-your-own-icons/… – double_j Aug 9 '16 at 17:08
  • There are many free websites as well which can convert png to icns and vice versa – Aritra Aug 16 '16 at 22:17
  • It is NOT necessary to convert the png file first. See the other answer. – not2savvy Jul 12 at 15:51

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